skin and bones

idiom

variants or skin and bone
informal
: very thin in a way that is unattractive and unhealthy
After the illness, he was skin and bones.
The starving dog was nothing but skin and bones.

Examples of skin and bones in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The organic remains essentially turned into petroleum, which then interacted with the skin and bones of the animals buried in the cave and preserved the skin in three-dimensional detail. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Jan. 2024 Remove and discard skin and bone from chicken, and cut meat into bite-size pieces. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Dec. 2023 Komodo dragons may have eaten the remains of an animal that humans hunted, and humans may have used the skin and bones from the Komodo dragon's prey for tools. Donna Sarkar, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 Make sure any cooked fish has the skin and bones removed before sharing it with your cat. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 20 Oct. 2023 But its presence in skin and bones is where the protein is most concentrated. Daryl Austin, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2023 Today, at 42 going on 43, Andy Warhol is skin and bones, all knobby knees through the soiled and rumpled jeans, and long bony arms. Stephen Birmingham, Town & Country, 10 Aug. 2023 Place chicken breasts on a work surface and remove, then discard skin and bones. Karen Schroeder-Rankin, Southern Living, 20 June 2023 Lodge is accused of stealing organs and other body parts — including heads, brains, skin and bones — from cadavers that were donated to the school's morgue for medical research and education ahead of scheduled cremations, according to the indictment. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 14 June 2023

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“Skin and bones.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skin%20and%20bones. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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